National Biodiesel Conference and Expo sets the bar as a not-to-miss event

By | March 09, 2009
The National Biodiesel Conference and Expo, held Feb. 1-4 in San Francisco, featured big-name advocates of biodiesel, announcements on biodiesel's support from the scientific community, and automakers' diesel offerings. The conference, themed "Leading. Change. Now," offered educational and networking opportunities. Educational sessions focused on sustainability, fuel production, technical updates, fuel distribution, policy/regulations and markets and users.

Vehicles Helping to Drive Biodiesel
A major component of NBB's conference showcased automakers' diesel vehicle offerings and biodiesel support. Volkswagen announced that B5 will be the official fuel of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Racing Series. Hyperfuels, a national supplier of race fuels, biodiesel, additives and lubricants, has been selected as the official fuel sponsor. Hyperfuels' parent company, Gulf Hydrocarbon, is an NBB member.

Other vehicles in the 2009 biodiesel vehicle showcase included Chrysler's Dodge Ram pickup truck, which is approved for up to B20 for fleet use; Hayes Diversified Technologies' diesel-powered motorcycles, including a land-speed record-setting production diesel motorcycle; Solazyme's factory-standard Jeep Liberty operating on 100 percent algae-derived biodiesel; and Jay Leno's Ecojet presented by New Holland.

Highest Biodiesel Honors Awarded
Advocates for environmentally friendly biodiesel recognized as National Biodiesel Board's 2009 "Eye on Biodiesel Award" winners include:

Influence-Melissa Etheridge Etheridge often powers her worldwide tours with biodiesel and said she liked using biodiesel in her tour vehicles so much that she sold her personal cars to buy a diesel sport utility vehicle, which she calls the Bio-Beast.

Inspiration-Bryan Peterson and Pete Bethune Peterson made his way around the world in a biodiesel-powered boat, generating some of the earliest news on biodiesel. New Zealander Bethune's Earthrace boat, fueled by biodiesel, broke the speed record for circumnavigating the world.

Initiative-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom In 2006, Newsom called for more biodiesel use in San Francisco. Today, virtually all of the city's 1,500 diesel vehicles run on B20.
Industry Partnership-Ronald Hayes, Missouri and Randy Jennings, Tennessee Hayes and Jennings worked in conjunction with state and national regulatory agencies to create and enforce standards for biodiesel fuel. They also helped develop test methods and labeling requirements.

Impact-Randall von Wedel Von Wedel helped bring biodiesel to the West Coast. Since the early 90s, he opened California's first retail pump, implemented biodiesel in major fleets, introduced fleet quality control programs and helped pioneer biodiesel marine uses.

Pioneer Award-Kenlon Johannes Johannes was the first executive director of the National SoyDiesel Development Board, which became the NBB.
The 2010 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo will take place Feb. 7-10 in Grapevine, Texas.
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